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Windows 7: Belkin N Wired/Wireless Hates My Win 7


24 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Belkin N Wired/Wireless Hates My Win 7

OK, first time poster, long time reader - good work!

Previously
I've got a Dell Desktop (Win 7) that was ethernet cabled into a router, and the router was wireless with other PCs that were brought into the house. Then one day I lost the Internet connection on the Desktop, with no lights on the router for the wired connection. I plugged in my laptop (XP) and confirmed that the wired part had stopped working even though the wireless internet connection still worked OK.

So I decided to get a new shinier router:
Belkin Wireless N Router F5D8638-4 v2 with
Belkin Wireless N Adaptor F5D8053

I got the router set up and connected to the internet OK. The wires worked with my laptop(XP) and I got the wireless part working OK too, using the laptop's internal card and trying out the new wireless N adaptor. So all my cabling and the new kit works fine on Windows XP.


Problem #1:
My Windows 7 desktop PC won't connect to either the wired or the wireless connections.

The Ethernet connection won't "pop up" when connected. There is a driver in Driver Manager but it doesn't reconize connections. There are no ethernet connections in the network connections display. The cables work fine with the XP laptop. I'm quite stumped on this one tbh.


Problem #2:
The wireless adaptor won't work. The driver installs and detects the wireless network (WPA-PSK) and takes the WPA key OK but then goes to "Limited Access".

In status there are 0/0 packets sent/received. I'm not sure about the IP4/6 stuff though, but it says "Not connected" for both.

I've used the drivers on the disk (no joy), the drivers from the website (no joy) both with compatibility set as XP and as Vista. Only once did I get the Belkin network utility program to install but it isn't at the moment.

I've trawled this and other sites and can't seem to find the solution. I've done things that others seem to resolved their issues but no joy for me.

Any thoughts? (thanks in advance)


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24 Jan 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Sounds like a MAC adapter not recognised by the router. When you bought your shinier router, you set it up using your XP (laptop), right? Then once everything is set up, you tried and connect using your Windows 7 PC. and getting limited connections.
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24 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I tried to set it up with the Win 7 Desktop but I couldnt get the wired connection to work. So I set it up with the trouble free XP laptop.
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24 Jan 2010   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Out of the box, you should be able to direct connect to the router using cable from any machine (via the default IP and default userid/password). When you do this, the router learns of the machine (adapter) which is connected to it at the time. If your router's MAC cloning option is set to disabled, it will not recognised any other adatper that is trying to connect to it, whether via wired or wireless. That should be the theory.
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24 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

OK - for simplicity I mentioned only the laptop but basically I've also used an XP netbook too for plugging in and wireless comms. Ive had no problem with the netbook either.

My concern for problem 1 is that there's no indication that the plug has been inserted by the software. The two lights come on at the PC, showing connection and the signal light flashes regularly.
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24 Jan 2010   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Would you be willing to reset the router and use Windows 7 PC to connect to it and setup your wireless network? Then see if your laptops can connect.
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24 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

When you say reset, you mean factory reset, then plug in the Win 7 pc and set it up that way?

My priority is to get the router and the desktop wired, and then the netbook/laptop wireless. The wireless adaptor for the desktop is needed for other situations.
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24 Jan 2010   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redrhyski View Post
When you say reset, you mean factory reset, then plug in the Win 7 pc and set it up that way?
You got it! Let it rip.
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24 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

That obviously took a bit of time! I reset it while not connected to the PC. I rebooted the pc. I connected the router directly into the back of the Win 7 desktop, powered it and the lights lit on the router (for wired connection to the PC and power). The lights on the ethernet port on the PC were lit.

I started up the CD for set up but the program couldn't find the router. I tried entering the IP address for the router and it didn't respond.

I then rigged it all down, reset it on the XP machine and got my internet back.

So the PC ethernet port is lit but not working.........
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24 Jan 2010   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

One way to tell if the ethernet port of PC is working or not is to connect it to the laptop and perform a cross-over network test. See my sig for some reading on cross-over networking (step 1-6, irrespective of the OS, the prinicple is what's applicable). If you have issue with cross-cabling you could have a port issue.
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